Political engagement high

by Amy Adams

I have been involved in a few election campaigns now and I have been particularly pleased to see the level of political engagement amongst people in our community and communities across New Zealand during the past few months of this campaign.

With special votes yet to be counted, voter turnout across the country looks to be up on last election and I believe this may also be the case here in Selwyn.

I certainly have had a lot of people contacting me seeking information on specific policies that were of particular importance to them and I welcomed the opportunity to assist them in making an informed decision.

It is my view that in order to get the best outcome for democracy it is essential to have a robust debate of various policies and ideas and their merits and drawbacks. For this reason I would like to thank those organisations which hosted ‘Meet the Candidates’ meetings in various locations in the Selwyn electorate to give local people the opportunity to come along to meet and ask questions of all the candidates. I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of my fellow candidates and wish them all the best for the future.

Of course candidates do not campaign alone and I would like to thank my family, friends and local campaign team of volunteers for their support over the past few weeks, putting up signs, delivering leaflets and accompanying me while out door-knocking in various parts of Selwyn.

Finally I would like to thank you, the people of Selwyn, for entrusting me with the role of representing you in Parliament once again. Once the structure of the next Government and the 52nd Parliament is finalised, I am looking forward to continuing to work hard on your behalf.